Windstream Holdings (WIN) Given Daily Media Sentiment Score of 0.19

Media headlines about Windstream Holdings (NYSE:WIN) have trended somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm identifies negative and positive news coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Windstream Holdings earned a daily sentiment score of 0.19 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media stories about the company an impact score of 45.9745686591423 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near term.

These are some of the news articles that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s scoring:

Windstream Holdings (NYSE:WIN) traded down 3.79% during trading on Friday, reaching $2.03. The company had a trading volume of 4,561,763 shares. Windstream Holdings has a 52-week low of $2.00 and a 52-week high of $10.46. The company’s market capitalization is $387.38 million. The stock has a 50 day moving average price of $3.53 and a 200-day moving average price of $5.26.

Windstream Holdings (NYSE:WIN) last released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, August 3rd. The company reported ($0.37) earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of ($0.45) by $0.08. The firm had revenue of $1.49 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.50 billion. During the same period last year, the firm earned $0.01 EPS. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 9.7% on a year-over-year basis. On average, equities research analysts anticipate that Windstream Holdings will post ($2.03) earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

Windstream Holdings announced that its board has initiated a stock buyback program on Thursday, August 3rd that permits the company to buyback $90.00 million in outstanding shares. This buyback authorization permits the company to buy up to 19.9% of its shares through open market purchases. Shares buyback programs are often a sign that the company’s board of directors believes its stock is undervalued.

A number of analysts have recently weighed in on WIN shares. Zacks Investment Research lowered Windstream Holdings from a “hold” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research report on Wednesday, August 2nd. Citigroup Inc. cut their price objective on Windstream Holdings from $5.25 to $4.00 and set a “neutral” rating on the stock in a research report on Thursday, July 13th. Morgan Stanley reissued an “equal weight” rating and issued a $5.00 target price (down previously from $9.00) on shares of Windstream Holdings in a report on Wednesday, June 14th. Jefferies Group LLC reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $2.50 target price (down previously from $5.00) on shares of Windstream Holdings in a report on Wednesday. Finally, Bank of America Corporation lowered Windstream Holdings from a “buy” rating to an “underperform” rating and dropped their target price for the company from $8.00 to $3.00 in a report on Friday, August 4th. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have assigned a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $5.30.

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In other news, Director Alan L. Wells purchased 68,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, August 8th. The shares were purchased at an average price of $2.10 per share, with a total value of $142,800.00. Following the purchase, the director now directly owns 157,971 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $331,739.10. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link.

About Windstream Holdings

Windstream Holdings, Inc provides network communications and technology solutions in the United States. Its ILEC Consumer and Small Business segment offers consumer services, including high-speed Internet access; Internet security services; online backup services; basic local telephone services and long-distance services, as well as call waiting, caller identification, call forwarding, and other services; and video services, as well as owns and operates cable television franchises, and sells and leases equipment to support its consumer high-speed Internet and voice services.

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